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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514981/essential-lessons-in-a-potential-sarin-attack-disaster-plan-for-a-resource-constrained-environment
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Matthew John Watermeyer, Nicole Dippenaar, Nelly Clotildea Tchouambou Simo, Sean Buchanan, Abdullah Ebrahim Laher
Sarin is a potent nerve agent chemical weapon that was originally designed for military purposes as a fast-acting anti-personnel weapon that would kill or disable large numbers of enemy troops. Its potent toxicity, ease of deployment, and rapid degradation allow for rapid deployment by an attacking force, who can safely enter the area of deployment a short while after its release. Sarin has been produced and stockpiled by a number of countries, and large quantities of it still exist despite collective agreements to cease manufacture and destroy stockpiles...
May 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501413/managing-traumatic-brain-injury-translating-military-guidelines-to-the-wilderness
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Edward J Otten, Warren C Dorlac
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury on the battlefield. Much of what medics do to manage these injuries on the battlefield can be translated to other austere environments, such as wilderness or disaster settings. The recognition and diagnosis of TBI can be difficult even in the hospital, but basic understanding of how to define a TBI and prevent secondary injuries can be accomplished with relatively few resources and little training. This article outlines what a TBI is and how to manage it in the field...
May 10, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500652/freeze-dried-plasma-enhances-clot-formation-and-inhibits-fibrinolysis-in-the-presence-of-tissue-plasminogen-activator-similar-to-pooled-liquid-plasma
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Benjamin R Huebner, Ernest E Moore, Hunter B Moore, Angela Sauaia, Gregory Stettler, Monika Dzieciatkowska, Kirk Hansen, Anirban Banerjee, Christopher C Silliman
BACKGROUND: Systemic hyperfibrinolysis is an integral part of trauma-induced coagulopathy associated with uncontrolled bleeding. Recent data suggest that plasma-first resuscitation attenuates hyperfibrinolysis; however, the availability, transport, storage, and administration of plasma in austere environments remain challenging and have limited its use. Freeze-dried plasma (FDP) is a potential alternative due to ease of storage, longer shelf life, and efficient reconstitution. FDP potentially enhances clot formation and resists breakdown better than normal saline (NS) and albumin and similar to liquid plasma...
May 12, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483389/battlefield-trauma-induced-hypothermia-transitioning-the-preferred-method-of-casualty-rewarming
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REVIEW
Brad L Bennett, John B Holcomb
For centuries, cold and wet weather has affected military combat operations leading to tremendous loss of manpower caused by cold-weather-related injuries including trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia. The initial battlefield management of hypothermia in military personnel had not advanced significantly following many wars and conflicts until 2006. The aim of this review is to: 1) provide an overview of trauma-induced hypothermia (TIH); 2) highlight the Department of Defense strategy for the implementation of a hypothermia clinical management program for battlefield (prehospital) casualties; 3) highlight the research and development of the Hypothermia Prevention and Management Kit (HPMK) as the preferred field rewarming system for battlefield TIH; and 4) emphasize how the HPMK can be easily transitioned to the civilian sector for active rewarming of both accidental and TIH patients...
May 5, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425103/remains-of-care-opioid-substitution-treatment-in-the-post-welfare-state
#5
Anna Leppo, Riikka Perälä
This article examines how the amplified role of pharmaceutical substances in addiction treatment affects the everyday realisation of care, particularly the relationship between workers and patients, in so called austere environments. Theoretically the article draws firstly on the literature that links pharmaceuticalisation to the neoliberal undoing of central public structures and institutions of care, and secondly on Anne-Marie Mol's concept of the logic of care. Based on an ethnographic analysis of the everyday life at a Finnish opioid substitution treatment clinic we show the mechanisms through which the realisation of pharmacotherapy can, in the current political climate, result in a very narrow understanding of drug problems and minimal human contact between patients and professionals...
April 19, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417841/benign-episodic-unilateral-mydriasis-in-a-flight-nurse
#6
Anthony Schiemer
BACKGROUND: Benign episodic unilateral mydriasis is one cause of anisocoria. This phenomenon is thought to be related to an imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. There is a documented association with migraines, but asymptomatic cases have also been reported. A challenge with all cases is the level of investigation required to exclude more sinister causes of nervous system dysfunction. In a dynamic flight environment, additional considerations need to be made, such as varying light levels and use of night vision devices...
May 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411938/medicolegal-issues-in-expedition-and-wilderness-medicine
#7
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Valerie A Dobiesz, William Sullivan
There is increased participation in wilderness expeditions to remote and austere environments, which increases the likelihood of an accident and/or medical emergency and the professional liability risks for trip organizers. Trip organizers, outfitters, tour guides, and health care providers must understand the medicolegal liabilities involved in and the legal protection and immunity available when rendering care in austere and challenging settings to mitigate risks and prepare for the level of medical care that may be required...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411936/is-there-a-doctor-onboard-medical-emergencies-at-40-000-feet
#8
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Howard J Donner
It is estimated 2.75 billion people travel aboard commercial airlines every year and 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year. Wilderness medicine requires a commonsense and improvisational approach to medical issues. A sudden call for assistance in the austere and unfamiliar surroundings of an airliner cabin may present the responding medical professional with a "wilderness medicine" experience. From resource management to equipment, this article sheds light on the unique conditions, challenges, and constraints of the flight environment...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411935/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-austere-environments-a-complete-review-of-its-utilization-pitfalls-and-technique-for-common-applications-in-austere-settings
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Laleh Gharahbaghian, Kenton L Anderson, Viveta Lobo, Rwo-Wen Huang, Cori McClure Poffenberger, Phi D Nguyen
With the advent of portable ultrasound machines, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has proven to be adaptable to a myriad of environments, including remote and austere settings, where other imaging modalities cannot be carried. Austere environments continue to pose special challenges to ultrasound equipment, but advances in equipment design and environment-specific care allow for its successful use. This article describes the technique and illustrates pathology of common POCUS applications in austere environments...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411934/tactical-combat-casualty-care-and-wilderness-medicine-advancing-trauma-care-in-austere-environments
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Frank K Butler, Brad Bennett, Colonel Ian Wedmore
Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) is a set of evidence-based, best-practice prehospital trauma care guidelines customized for use on the battlefield. Military units that have trained all of their unit members in TCCC have now documented the lowest incidence of preventable deaths in the history of modern warfare and TCCC is now the standard for battlefield trauma care in the US Military. TCCC and wilderness medicine share the goal of optimizing care for patients with trauma in austere environments that impose significant challenges in both equipment and evacuation capability...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396930/initial-management-of-complex-hand-injuries-in-military-or-austere-environments-how-to-defer-and-prepare-for-definitive-repair
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Camille Choufani, Olivier Barbier, Antoine Grosset, James Charles Murison, Didier Ollat, Sylvain Rigal, Laurent Mathieu
INTRODUCTION: The damage control orthopedics (DCO) concept is a sequential surgical management strategy indicated when ideal primary treatment is not possible or suitable. DCO principles are routinely applied to hand traumas in wartime practice, but could also be useful in a civilian setting when immediate specialized management cannot be carried out. METHODS: The authors report three typical observations of soldiers treated for a complex hand trauma on the field by orthopedic surgeons from the French Military Health Service (FMHS)...
April 10, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392170/translating-tactical-combat-casualty-care-lessons-learned-to-the-high-threat-civilian-setting-tactical-emergency-casualty-care-and-the-hartford-consensus
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David W Callaway
Combat operations necessitate bold thought and afford the opportunity to rapidly evolve and improve trauma care. The development and maturation of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) is an important example of a critical process improvement strategy that reduced mortality in high-threat combat-related trauma. The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) adapted the lessons of TCCC to the civilian high-threat environment and provided important all-hazards response principles for austere, dynamic, and resource-limited environments...
April 6, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390649/abbreviated-closure-for-remote-damage-control-laparotomy-in-extreme-environments-a-randomized-trial-of-sutures-versus-wound-clamps-comparing-terrestrial-and-weightless-conditions
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Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Jessica Lynn McKee, Colonel Homer Tien, Anthony J LaPorta, Kit Lavell, Tim Leslie, Paul B McBeth, Derek J Roberts, Chad G Ball
INTRODUCTION: Far-Forward Damage Control Laparotomies (DCLs) might provide direct-compression of visceral hemorrhage, however, suturing is a limiting factor, especially for non-physicians. We thus compared abbreviated skin closures comparing skin-suture (SS) versus wound-clamp (WC), on-board a research aircraft in weightlessness (0g) and normal gravity (1g). METHODS: Surgeons conducted DCLs on a surgical-simulator; onboard the hangered-aircraft (1g), or during parabolic flight (0g), randomized to either WC or SS...
March 30, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383477/the-damage-control-surgery-in-austere-environments-research-group-dcsaerg-a-dynamic-program-to-facilitate-real-time-tele-mentoring-tele-diagnosis-to-address-exsanguination-in-extreme-and-austere-environments
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Andrew W Kirkpatrick, Jessica McKee, Paul B McBeth, Chad G Ball, Anthony LaPorta, Timothy Broderick, Tim Leslie, David King, Heather Wright-Beatty, Jocelyn Keillor, Homer Tien
Hemorrhage is the most preventable cause of post-traumatic death. Many cases are potentially anatomically salvageable, yet remain lethal without logistics or trained personnel to deliver diagnosis or Resuscitative-surgery in austere-environments. Revolutions in technology for remote-mentoring of ultrasound and surgery may enhance capabilities to utilize the skill-sets of non-physicians. Thus, our Research-Collaborative explored remote-mentoring to empower non-physicians to address junctional and torso hemorrhage-control in Austere-environments...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338599/volumetric-control-of-whole-blood-collection-in-austere-environments
#15
Michael A Meledeo, Andrew D Fisher, Grantham C Peltier, Ethan A Miles, William B Muse, Win B Kerr, Shawn C Nessen, Andrew P Cap
INTRODUCTION: Fresh whole blood transfusions are a powerful tool in prehospital care; however, the lack of equipment such as a scale in field situations frequently leads to collections being under- or overfilled, leading to complications for both patient and physician. This study describes two methods for simple, rapid control of collection bag volume: (1) a length of material to constrict the bag, and (2) folding/clamping the bag. METHOD: Whole blood collection bags were allowed to fill with saline via gravity...
June 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318991/bleeding-control-using-hemostatic-dressings-lessons-learned
#16
REVIEW
Brad L Bennett
Based on lessons learned, many military battlefield trauma advances ultimately transition to enhance civilian trauma care. However, even with major strides to enhance battlefield hemorrhage control, it is unclear how effectively these techniques and products are being translated to civilian trauma. The purpose of this brief review is to present the evidence of current hemostatic product effectiveness, determine the evidence for transitioning of this technology to prehospital civilian application, and provide recommendations about potential use in the wilderness/austere setting...
March 16, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318990/junctional-hemorrhage-control-for-tactical-combat-casualty-care
#17
REVIEW
Russ S Kotwal, Frank K Butler
During historic, as well as more recent, conflicts, most combat casualties who die from their injuries do so in the prehospital setting. Although many of the injuries incurred by these casualties are nonsurvivable, a number of injuries are still potentially survivable. Of those injuries that are potentially survivable, the majority are truncal, junctional, and extremity hemorrhage. Novel and effective approaches directed toward prehospital hemorrhage control have emerged in recent years, some of which can prove useful in the management of junctional hemorrhage whether in a military or civilian setting...
March 16, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315994/urgency-and-austerity-as-drivers-of-success
#18
Terry R Stouch
This piece describes the approach by which even a small CADD (Computer-Aided Drug Design) group with limited resources and limited time can achieve substantial success given short budgets and the compressed, urgent environment of a biotech. Some comparisons are made with CADD operations in big pharma.
March 18, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291491/an-augmented-reality-based-approach-for-surgical-telementoring-in-austere-environments
#19
Dan Andersen, Voicu Popescu, Maria Eugenia Cabrera, Aditya Shanghavi, Brian Mullis, Sherri Marley, Gerardo Gomez, Juan P Wachs
Telementoring can improve treatment of combat trauma injuries by connecting remote experienced surgeons with local less-experienced surgeons in an austere environment. Current surgical telementoring systems force the local surgeon to regularly shift focus away from the operating field to receive expert guidance, which can lead to surgery delays or even errors. The System for Telementoring with Augmented Reality (STAR) integrates expert-created annotations directly into the local surgeon's field of view. The local surgeon views the operating field by looking at a tablet display suspended between the patient and the surgeon that captures video of the surgical field...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290927/understanding-primary-care-behavioral-health-across-military-settings-a-preliminary-comparison-between-deployed-and-in-garrison-care
#20
Ryan R Landoll, Matthew K Nielsen, Kathryn K Waggoner
BACKGROUND: Integrated primary care behavioral health (PCBH) is a growing trend in health care delivery, particularly in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This consultative model has been applied within the U.S. Air Force for over 15 years and has demonstrated positive health impacts and patient satisfaction. With extended conflicts and engagements, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, deployment behavioral health care has expanded and positively received, but there is less empirical support of particular models of care in a deployed environment...
March 2017: Military Medicine
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